Musicians and fans of all walks should take pride in the place where they reside.
Living in a music crescent such as Nashville and the surrounding counties can have its ups and downs, but definitely the area has experienced an upside of late.
In a recent article titled “The Geography of America’s Music Scenes” from The Atlantic Cities, the metro area of Nashville, Franklin and Murfreesboro ranked No. 1 as the top music center in the nation.
Following closely behind were the New York metro area, along with Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Research was conducted by Charlotta Mellander, who analyzed figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the concentration of musicians and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data on recording industry businesses and combined the findings into a Metro Music Index.
Nashville scored an index of 1.00 on the scale with New York totaling a 0.97, and Los Angeles scored a 0.96 overall.
There’s not too much wiggle room at the top, but it’s always good company when you’re grouped in the same category of L.A. and New York.
The momentum has been rolling over the past few years, not only on the country music scene with Taylor Swift, but also with artists such as Jack White and The Black Keys moving to town.
When the top rock ‘n’ roll acts move to town, then the nation notices.
Since then, the Nashville music scene has been featured in several national publications such as GQ and Rolling Stone.
The article goes on to point out Nashville’s cluster of talent, which is evident across the board. Still being smaller in stature, Nashville’s talent draws together and creates its own culture with an end product that is greater than most other areas.
When thinking about it all, Nashville’s rise as one of the top music centers has been a slow and steady move with several contributing factors and key players.
The history and tradition were always here, but now it seems bigger and better than ever, even so much that the area will have its own television series this fall, simply titled “Nashville.”
The Middle Tennessee hub has been a destination for numerous festivals over the years such as the Americana Music Festival, SoundLand, Tin Pan South and, of course, Bonnaroo, among others.
In the same regard, if you didn’t grow up as a musician, schools like Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University and School of Audio Engineering in Nashville are regarded as some of the top programs in the nation to help you forge a path in the music business.
Then there’s the industry.
We all have heard a thing or two about this, but the number of publishing companies, record labels, publicists, management agencies and all things music biz are plentiful enough to make any other city take notice.
Of course there are several other facets to the overall gestalt, but this is a start.
It’s nothing but cool to know that you have the chance to bump into Robert Plant at the movies at Green Hills or see Jack White dining at J. Alexander’s Restaurant.
Or you might get the chance to run into a Followill brother from Kings of Leon at the mall or point out Allan Jackson’s lake house, while strolling down Center Hill Lake in the summer.
The area is alive and kicking, and all signs point to it remaining that way for years to come.
So, for all involved in the game, isn’t it a great place to call home?
To view the article from The Atlantic Cities, click here.